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Heavy Rains Damaging North Carolina Crops

7:18 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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Charlotte, N.C. -- Officials say more heavy rains could cause crop damage in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reported crops in the state already have suffered from unusually cool and wet conditions.

Farmers have been forced to delay planting. Experts say growing and harvesting will be at least three weeks later than normal.
John Mueller with Clemson University says heavy rains predicted for most of the week will only make matters worse. Mueller says the rains could mean a 10 percent loss in crop yield this year. Mueller says it could get worse if more rain comes.

The National Weather Service reports more than 7 inches of rain fell in the Charlotte area last month. That's more than twice the normal rainfall.

Officials say the wet conditions are also causing fungus problems.

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